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Montreal police spied on journalist’s iPhone

A Justice of the Peace issued 24 search warrants to Montreal police allowing them to record the metadata of phone calls made by La Presse columnist Patrick Lagace in an effort to identify some of his sources.

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Twilight looming for Around The Web advertisements?

These tacky excuses for ads may be heading for the revenue ideas boneyard as publishers start to calculate the effect of them on their own brand.

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Sun, October 30 2016 » Main Page, Media » Comments Off on Twilight looming for Around The Web advertisements?

Twitter to phase out Vine video app

Sometime in the next few months or so, Twitter says it will pull the plug on Vine, a micro-video service dedicated to looping videos lasting about six seconds each.

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Thu, October 27 2016 » Main Page, Media » Comments Off on Twitter to phase out Vine video app

Arthur Kent seeks $1.2 million in legal fees from Postmedia

Arthur Kent, who triumphed in his defamation suit against Postmedia, now seeks more than $1 million in legal fees for his eight-year battle.

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Thu, October 27 2016 » Main Page, Media » Comments Off on Arthur Kent seeks $1.2 million in legal fees from Postmedia

Postmedia looks to save further 20 per cent on salary costs

As print revenues continue their steep decline, Postmedia announced it wants to reduce salary costs by a further 20 per cent.

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Thu, October 20 2016 » Main Page, Media » Comments Off on Postmedia looks to save further 20 per cent on salary costs

All the ingredients for a new Russia-US cold war are there

Veteran journalist Mark MacKinnon outlines some of the reasons why he thinks it’s worthwhile to revive use of a phrase that should have gone out of style with the collapse of communism.

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Sat, October 8 2016 » * Big Picture Stuff, Main Page » Comments Off on All the ingredients for a new Russia-US cold war are there

Globe and Mail defends Trudeau’s carbon pricing policy

In an editorial, the Globe and Mail defended the idea of a carbon pricing policy and looked in askance at conservative opponents who are trying desperately to fear-monger over it.

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Fri, October 7 2016 » * Big Picture Stuff, Main Page, politics » Comments Off on Globe and Mail defends Trudeau’s carbon pricing policy

Rocky road ahead for Liberals’ carbon policy

Economist Andrew Leach, who served as the chair of Alberta’s climate leadership advisory panel, outlines some of the challenges for the federal Liberals as they attempt to implement a nation-wide carbon tax.

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Thu, October 6 2016 » * Big Picture Stuff, Main Page » Comments Off on Rocky road ahead for Liberals’ carbon policy

Canada ratifies Paris climate accord

Lede: “The Liberal government formally ratified the Paris climate accord Wednesday, after easily beating back an effort from the Conservative opposition to give provinces the sole authority to deal with carbon pricing.”

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Are the Paris treaty targets a sham to most countries?

If we as a planet want to hold global warming to less than 2 degrees Celsius, it means no new fossil fuels can be developed. But writing at Vox, David Roberts notes there is tremendous cognitive dissonance over that simple reality.

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